A Guide to the Alexander von Humboldt Papers, [ca. 1803, 1824, 1878]
Born in Berlin, Germany, and educated at the universities of Frankfurt and Göttingen, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was one of the most prominent European figures of his age. His fame largely derived from his scientific expedition in Latin America between 1799 and 1804, which resulted in numerous discoveries, particularly related to physical geography and meteorology. Notably, he spent 1803 in New Spain (present day Mexico) conducting a census of the territory.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. "About the Foundation - Alexander von Humboldt." Accessed June 20, 2011
Composed of a pamphlet, two mileage charts, and an essay, the Alexander von Humboldt Papers, [ca. 1803, 1824, 1878], document Humboldt’s time in Mexico. Written in 1824, the pamphlet is titled “Alejandro Humboldt, sur obrar y simpaticas por la Republica Mexicana.” The mileage charts give the distance between various cities in Mexico. Additionally, “Informe obre el establecimiento del Jardin botanico y monumentos antiguos” details the history of botanical gardens and monuments in Mexico, as well as containing a biographical sketch of Humboldt.
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Alexander von Humboldt, [ca. 1803, 1824, 1878], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers